The Pittsburgh Steelers have questions to answer at quarterback this offseason. For one, Kenny Pickett has his questions that must be answered, but the running mate that will be his competition is key, too. With the free agent market for quarterbacks looking as interesting as it has in recent years, that has caused some fits to be already pitched.
For Bleacher Report, they see three potential fits for the Steelers: Jacoby Brissett, Drew Lock, and Ryan Tannehill.
“At the end of the Steelers’ 2023 campaign, Tomlin told reporters that Pickett will enter the offseason as the starting quarterback, but the team will add competition. Pittsburgh should cut Mitch Trubisky, who struggled in spot starts this past season, re-sign Rudolph and consider signing Jacoby Brissett, Drew Lock or Ryan Tannehill to push Pickett for the job,” they wrote.
Tannehill, Brissett, and Lock are on different ends of the potential spectrum. For one, Tannehill is a former Pro Bowler, but all three have starting experience before darting around in the NFL. To Tannehill’s credit, he earned the starting job in Tennessee but lost out this season to Will Levis as the team looks to go in a different direction moving forward.
Brissett and Lock lost out on the Colts’ and Broncos’ jobs. But each has interesting pairings that could work if the Steelers hire an offensive coordinator. For example, Brissett with Eric Bieniemy makes sense. Lock could work with someone like Greg Olson. It just depends on what the Steelers are looking for in their quarterback.
The new offensive coordinator will be bringing in a new scheme and playbook. Getting Pickett up to speed in the new offense will be the first and most important job of the new coaching staff. There isn’t going to be a lot of time for them to be spreading their efforts around.